Posted on 11/15/2019 by Edward I Jutkowitz, DMD, PC
Gum disease has different stages, and as it progresses, a person suffering from gum disease will experience different side effects due to it.
If gum disease progresses enough, it is known as periodontitis and with this disease comes many different side effects which can affect a person's quality of life. One of these side effects is the formation of pockets between the tooth and gum. These pockets create a better place for bacteria to grow, which may destroy the teeth.
If a person develops pockets between their teeth and gum, it is possible to correct the issue. This correction is known as pocket reduction. Treatment is highly recommended because if this condition is left untreated then it could jeopardize the teeth and gums further.
The Process of Pocket Reduction
The process of pocket reduction starts with flap surgery where the gum is cut from the mouth and removed from the tooth. During this step, the gum will still be attached inside the mouth. After flap surgery, we will smooth the bone underneath where the gum once was. This aides the gum in recovery and also reduces the size of pocket formations.
By reducing the pocket size between the gum and tooth, bacteria have less of a chance to grow and damage the teeth and gums. After pocket reduction surgery, the progression of periodontitis will slow and this will lead to a healthier smile. It is important to consider pocket reduction surgery because pockets can become deeper, and the deeper pockets become, the more difficult it is to clean their teeth on a daily basis.
It is important to take care of your dental health. That not only means flossing and brushing twice a day, but also having someone you trust when it comes to dental care. We are happy to serve you for any dental care needs you may have, or maybe, we can help educate you more on pocket reduction. Please give us a call at our office and we would be happy to talk with you or schedule an appointment.
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